The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce hopes to slow down a proposed minimum wage increase.

The chamber is joining its provincial counterpart in speaking out against Ontario’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019.

In a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, the chamber said most businesses will be unable to absorb a 32 per cent increase in under 18 months.

The Haliburton chamber has said in the past they are not against the minimum wage hike, but not at such a fast pace.

The wage would jump to $14 an hour next year before going to $15 the following year.

The Haliburton chamber is part of the Keep Ontario Working coalition, and they are hoping to release a study in August showing the effects a rapid wage increase will have on businesses.